Census: GarCo population over 50K
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Garfield County made a big jump in population last year, surpassing the 50,000 mark. According to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau, Garfield County now has a grand total of 51,908 people.”That doesn’t surprise me at all,” said Fred Jarman, director of the county building and planning department. “It’s generally comparable with what the state’s saying.”Those numbers are important to county government because federal and state grant programs are based on population estimates. They are also used to apportion congressional and state legislative districts.States and counties are often at odds with the federal Census Bureau over population figures, and Garfield County is no exception.”We think we’re closer to 60,000,” said Dale Hancock, county operations director. “We think we probably got underestimated (in the last census count in 2000),” he said.